Monday, February 16, 2009

WWNY IS Transitioning 2/17, And Here's Why

WWNY has been given permission from the FCC to transition to all digital broadcasts on Tuesday 2/17.

So why did WWNY want to transition early...

Because we felt majority of our viewers are prepared...and many are having difficulty getting our current DTV signal. After the analog shutoff we can make changes to our signal that will more closely replicate the service area our analog signal had.

Any viewer that has received our analog signal well, should now be served with our DTV one...even the folks who could not receive DTV at all or those who were getting intermittent service. We felt there were more of the latter cases than totally unprepared viewers.

Yes there is an economic side for the station that you've probably heard about. The current DTV transmitter is an energy hog and running both the analog transmitter and DTV one carried an enormous, unbudgeted expense... In these challenging economic times where this station has already made painful adjustments, we'd prefer to spend our budgeted money on news & programming rather than having to cut in those areas to pay a utility bill.

The greater good...which serves the broadest audience (we are BROADcasters after all) is to improve the signal for the majority of viewers and continue to provide great programming and local news, public service and emergency information.

7 comments:

W said...

Great news. We'll have a look out for channel 7 up here in Ottawa.

moody said...

Nice, sounds like it might be time for a custom-cut yagi here in Richmond (south of Ottawa). Good luck with the switchover.

CarlB said...

Just rescanned 7.1 and 7.2 here in Kingston; the signal looks much better now that it's not pointed away from us. Congratulations on making it through a long, arduous and often seemingly thankless transition.

Anonymous said...

Cogeco Cable in eastern ontario, is having a problem picking up WWNY TV left a message trying to figure out what is wrong!

Anonymous said...

Cogeco Cable in eastern ontario, must of been slow doing the transition. Last night got the message saying if you can read this then your tv needs rescanning or your box. Cogeco was to do it automatically so we thought. Got up this morning the channel was working crystal clear! No problems now! Thanks!

Todd Lamothe said...

I lost the signal in my apartment using a decent indoor antenna. With an outdoor omni antenna, the signal is back. I don't have LOS so I am sure that is a lot of my problems.

M_From_Read said...

Great to get your digital signal now nice and strong. No problems rescanning my TV. From Shannonville, ON